Vic Mensa’s Explosive Freestyle May Be Banned From TV Like Kaepernick (Video)
Vic Mensa is a gifted rarity. The Save Money star makes compelling, highly personal albums. That’s evident in July’s The Autobiography, Mensa’s Roc Nation full-length debut. However, so many MCs who are conceptual and vulnerable on wax can be a bit restrained in the freestyle. That’s never been the case for the Chicago MC. After causing Sway to break apart his studio in ’16, Mensa hits Funkmaster Flex’s HOT 97 lab.
Taking on N.O.R.E.’s “Banned From TV” instrumental (courtesy of a young Swizz Beatz), Vic needs security. His bars feature clever punchlines dealing with Lil’ Mama, message board critics, and The Wizard Of Oz. In the security verse, he waxes hard substance about gentrification, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and poor first response times in the ghetto.
At 24 years old, Vic cleverly weaves in references to MC Shan, Public Enemy, and The Outlawz. He adds that Funk Flex has openly criticized Tupac as recently as this summer. Flex can’t help but acknowledge the moment during Mensa’s barrage of bars. Like Eminem, Ras Kass, Royce 5’9″, JAY-Z and others, Vic wants to be the best with and without the pad.
The Autobiography features Pusha T, Weezer, and Pharrell.